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February 2018 Prospect Newsletter
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February 2018 Worship Schedule
March Newsletter Deadline: Friday, February 16, 1:00pm
 
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Directory Update
An updated church directory will be published in early February. You may pick up a hard copy in the church office or download it from the church website; find it under the “About Us” tab. The printed directory is updated twice a year; the online directory is updated as changes occur. If you need the password for the online directory, please contact the church office.

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Church Storage Space
Church buildings are just like our homes: items are often stored where there is space at the moment, then forgotten or buried under later additions. Prospect’s Board of Trustees requests the help of the congregation in making more effective use of the various storage areas in our church building. Items currently stored have been consolidated in the stage closet in the Fellowship Hall, for the purpose of identifying which are useful enough to stay in the building, which would be better stored in a member’s home, and which can be disposed of. The deadline is Friday, March 2. Anything left unclaimed after that date will be dealt with by Trustees and the Building Access Committee. A dump trip is being organized for Monday, March 12.

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2018 Conference Men’s Retreat
February 2-4
Pilgrim Firs
Male Relationships: When We Were Young
We will start out talking about those friendships that were so meaningful to us and reflect on how they shaped us for life as adults. Please pass along this offering to those you think would appreciate this time away to be with other men for worship, music, sharing, and hanging out. There will be the usual Day of Silence option from Thursday night to Friday afternoon (February 1-2). That day may include a service component. Stay tuned. Registration for this event is on the Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center website. Contact Rick Russell with any questions.
 
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Ash Wednesday
February 14 7:00 p.m.
Parlor
All are invited to begin the season of Lent with this brief service with imposition of ashes.
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Minister’s Greeting
Stronger and Happier Together

Sometimes I speak with people who are going through a hard time and feel very alone. They do not belong to a church community. There can be good reasons for this, e.g., they have been told God doesn’t love them, they are evil and going to hell, etc. Those are soul-killing messages and understandably drive many people away from the church.
 
But when church community is at its best, we create safe space to hold each other, despite our flaws, to walk together through tough times, to be an accepting and loving sanctuary against all the hate, violence, suffering, and grief that can fill our lives.
 
Recently here at Prospect we have formed a pastoral care team to be more systematic and intentional about walking with those who can’t get to church anymore, are recovering from surgery, or have other needs that can be met with visits, cards, and sometimes tuna hot dish. If you have such pastoral care needs, you can contact me. But because I am half-time, I can now (with permission from the
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person in need) share such concerns with the team. Working together, we can create an even more caring community.
 
How we love and care for each other in this church community is also how we can love and care for the world at large. Some of us participated in the Womxn’s March 2.0 on January 20. We, too, got to think beyond ourselves, do something for the good of the collective, stand up for the needs of people who are being pushed to the margins. One Prospect member who had not taken part in marches before came back invigorated. She loved all the homemade signs. She felt good about the positive energy of the marchers around issues that matter and that are being trampled in the current political climate. Standing together for something positive in the midst of negativity can be a profound and transformative statement of hope and love.
 
Perhaps you watched the video that came around recently in the Tuesday email showing 86 rabbis and Jewish leaders marching and singing in the nation’s capital about passing a clean Dream Act. They sat in a rotunda, singing to each other and to all who would listen, with their banner that read “Let my people stay: Jews for Dreamers.” As the police moved in and peacefully arrested them one by one, the circle shrank, still singing, until only two people were left, and then one, and then none. Except for all the supporters standing and bearing witness, fists raised in solidarity, on the upper level of the rotunda.
 
On Tuesday, February 13, we will have an opportunity to join with other faith communities from Capitol Hill in a visit to Olympia. Leda Zakarison, our Justice Leadership Program intern, is coordinating this effort through her work with Earth Ministry, and I hope many of you will take part. We do not plan to be arrested, like our Jewish brothers and sisters; rather, we will meet with legislators, let them know about environmental issues that are important to us, and encourage them to support specific bills that are in the works during this legislative session.

Our faith tells us that we are not alone. Not ever. God is with us, and we are with each other. We are called to care for each other, both within our congregations and out in the world at large. So as we march, we carry signs:
 
We fight racism with solidarity.


A woman’s place is in the Resistance.


We stand with Dreamers.

 













Or this one, which now graces my front yard:

 
Blessings on all of you for the ways in which you love each other and stand together for what matters.

Meighan
 
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Moderate Word
Life flows on in and around Prospect Congregational UCC. Our hearts go out to Pastor Meighan and her family upon the death of her sister, Molly. Meighan appreciates the love and care expressed by us to her. At the same time, she assures us that she has a strong support network to sustain her during this time of loss. How good it is that we are here for one another in our sufferings.
 
One of the ways we are able to support Meighan and live out our faith is through the newly formed Pastoral Care Team. Several members of Prospect gathered with Meighan to identify those in our church who would benefit from a visit or a call. This intentional sharing of pastoral care, while already happening informally, helps to insure people are contacted and not forgotten. If you know of people who you think might benefit from such a ministry, please let Pastor Meighan know.
 
Meanwhile, the good work of the Social and Environmental Justice Team and the Building Improvement Team continues. 2018 promises to be a year full of new ways to live out our mission to transform lives, both within our congregation and beyond. 

Blessings,
Rick Russell, Co-Moderator
 
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JLP Intern Update
As an Eastern Washingtonian, I have never quite gotten used to the rainy Seattle weather. All I want to do these days is curl up with a good book and a mug of tea and hibernate until spring. But this year, there’s a new bright spot cheering up these dreary days – the Washington State Legislature! The 2018 legislative session began on January 8 and will last 60 days. This year, Earth Ministry is supporting 5 bills in the Washington State Legislature: the Healthy Food Packaging Act, Act on Climate, a Clean Fuel Standard, the Oil Spill Prevention Act, and the Sustainable Water Management Act. You can read more about our priorities at http://earthministry.org/advocacy/2018-legislative-priorities/.
 
I have travelled to Olympia twice this month to speak with our elected officials. I attended a hearing for the Clean Fuel Standard, and talked with legislators about the Healthy Food Packaging Act with our partners at Toxic-Free Future. I must admit I was a bit nervous - I had never spoken to a legislator in person, and didn’t know all the science behind this bill. After chatting with a few legislative aides, I realized that representatives are Washingtonians just like us, and that they too want to make the state a safer and healthier place. Also, mentioning that I’m a Christian and from Eastern Washington was kind of like a “secret code” - legislators who might dismiss an environmentalist group were more willing to talk to me because of our shared values and experiences. 
 
Facing two more months of rainy weather and a few more years of a challenging political climate can feel like there’s nothing to do but hide out and wait. Advocating in Olympia reminded me that there is always something we can do to effect positive change. Our legislators want to hear from us and will take your input into account. The easiest way to do this is by calling the Washington State legislative hotline at 1-800-562-6000. An operator will connect you to your legislator.  Your message can be as simple as, “I’m a person of faith in your district, and I think we have a moral obligation to protect God’s creation. Please support the Healthy Food Packaging Act, HB 2658/SB 6396.” A short, sweet message really is the simplest and most effective way to make your voice heard – after all, they’re here to represent you!

Leda Zakarison
 
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Church Board Minutes
Sunday, January 21
PRESENT: Meighan Pritchard; Rick Russell, co-moderator; Suzanne Fry, co-moderator; Terri Dowling; Louise Morehead
ABSENT:  James Miller, treasurer; Leda Zakarison, JLP intern; Consi Javier
 
Minutes of the last meeting were approved. The office manager’s report was reviewed without
comment. There was no financial report for review. Suzanne reported that the change of banks from Bank of America to Umpqua has taken place and Troy Woodworth has been added to the list of check signers in the event that both Jim and Suzanne are unavailable.
 
OLD BUSINESS:  Jerry Sams is taking the lead on coordinating the signage and celebration of the new cisterns with the RainWise representative. 
 
Terri provided an update on the 3rd Floor renovation:  The cabinet is almost complete with only final trim application to be done.  Instead of a rolling cart, or a permanently fixed rack for the storage of chairs, the spaces at each end of the cabinet, (2) cupboards in the cabinet and the space recently emptied outside the door to the back hallway will be utilized. Terri reported that one of the (4) rolling trolleys purchased for tenant use has gone missing. Terri attended the Seattle Wedding Show to get ideas of how to market our newly renovated spaces.  There will need to be some updates to our existing website and perhaps, later on, a separate linked website especially for rentals. Professional-looking photographs of the new spaces (Sanctuary and 3rd Floor) are needed for brochures and website. Perhaps we can find someone in the congregation who has the expertise to do this.  Terri also pointed out that increased building usage will require additional expenses for marketing, restroom supplies and janitorial services.  Rick suggested there be a new line item in the Operating Budget for the next fiscal year. Although not part of the original scope of work, the NW empty office will be painted using leftover paint, as soon as the items currently stored there can be relocated. This might be able to happen as early as the week of Feb. 5. 
 
Pastor’s Report:  Meighan’s sister Molly’s memorial service will be held at University Congregational UCC on Sat. Feb. 3 at 2:00pm.  Four new attendees are interested in becoming members! Listening Meeting scheduled for Feb. 25 has been changed to Mar. 4 following coffee hour.  Rick, Meighan and Jim Miller will meet to gather pertinent info and financial figures to support this listening process.
 
NEW BUSINESS:  Pastoral Care Team: Several members willing to visit or help organize food for those in need of pastoral care have met and identified those in need of this service. Anyone in the Prospect community in need of pastoral care can contact Meighan.
NEXT MEETING: Sunday Feb. 18.

Submitted by Suzanne Fry
 

 
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Ongoing Groups
Adult Education
is on hiatus while we look for available dates to view the "Discover Islam" film series.

Beyond Fundamentalism Book Group meets monthly at the home of Jim & Mary Alice Power, 1107 22nd Ave E. All are welcome for soup supper and discussion. To RSVP or for more information, call 206-324-2483 or e-mail maryalicepower@hotmail.com

Bible Study meets most Mondays in the Office to study the lectionary texts for the coming Sunday. All are welcome; weekly attendance is not required. Will not meet Feb. 19, Presidents Day.

Godly Play Sunday school is offered for children ages 3-10 during the worship service one Sunday per month on the 2nd Sunday (February 11).  Please contact Cora Trujillo with questions: trujcs1@gmail.com or 206-330-4201.

Women’s Book Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month, 5:30 p.m. in the Parlor. The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 13 to discuss: Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore. All Prospect ladies and their friends are invited to attend. For more information, contact Susan Reeb at 206-504-4511 or susan.s0925@gmail.com.

 
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Snow Policy
During the week, if Seattle Public Schools are closed due to weather, the church office will also be closed.
In the event of weekend snow or other emergency situations, Pastor, Chair of Trustees and Co-Moderators will confer and decide no later than 8 am Sunday whether to cancel the service. They will alert the Office Manager to put out an all-church email, update the website and record a phone message. They will also call a member who lives close to post signs on the doors about cancellation, and be in the building in case anyone comes for church and needs to warm up before going back home.
 
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PNW Conference News

The November-December issue of the Conference UCNews is online at http://www.pncuccnews.org with information on:
• Justice Leadership interns' projects
• The Fall Gathering = reflections, photos, speakers
• Post-church-fire grief
• School of Theology and Ministry's 20th anniversary
• Leslie Cushman honors
• Pilgrim Firs' mission/service camps in 2018
Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.

 Hard copies are available in the Prospect office and Narthex.

 
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Justice Leadership Program Applications Available Now!

Justice Leadership Programs Northwest is now accepting applications from change-makers of all ages who are looking to deepen their faith while doing the work of justice. Help spread the word about these exciting opportunities to Be the Church and build a robust, faith-based movement for justice in the Northwest.
 
The Justice Leadership Program, affiliate of the national Young Adult Service Communities Network, seeks motivated young people ages 21-35 for an 11-month internship beginning in September 2018. Interns learn community organizing and political advocacy working full time at a Seattle-based nonprofit, while living in intentional community and serving a local congregation. Direct inquiries to justiceleadership@gmail.com, and apply online today!
Priority deadline is February 15 -- please spread the word!
 
Justice Leadership Jubilee is filling its next cohort of volunteers, who serve part-time for six to nine months at a local organization working for structural change toward social justice. Jubilee is a program for individuals seeking a deeper analysis of systemic injustice, and a desire to strengthen the connection between faith and justice in a cohort of their peers. Previous year's organizational partners included Puget Sound Sage, 350 Seattle, and the Church Council of Greater Seattle. Email justiceleadershipjubilee@gmail.com with any questions; apply online here.
 
JLPNW is based at Keystone Congregational UCC in Seattle, and grateful for the support of our partner congregations -- Northshore UCC, Plymouth Congregational UCC, Prospect UCC, All Pilgrims Church, University Congregational UCC, as well as the PNW Conference.
 
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UCC Scholarship Applications
UCC Scholarship Applications are now available online at http://www.ucc.org/scholarships for a variety of individuals and groups. Ministry Education scholarships are available for Members in Discernment (some additional requirements may apply). Program Grants are designed for congregations and/or congregational leaders. Leadership Development Scholarships are intended for United Church of Christ undergraduate students, future seminary professors, African-American laywomen, and gifted persons with disabilities, among others. Global Ministry Scholarships support individuals within a United Church of Christ overseas partner church or international seminary.
 
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Environmental Justice Opportunities
Webinar: A Mother and Son Address Climate Change
Join a webinar on the evening of February 28 that will feature Kiran and Melanie Oommen. Kiran is one of 21 youth plaintiffs in the Our Children’s Trust lawsuit, which charges that, “through the government’s affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.” Melanie is Kiran’s mother and a pastor at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eugene, Oregon. They will share about their experiences with the case and the insights they have gained. The call will be co-hosted by Shantha Ready Alonso from Creation Justice Ministries and the Rev. Dr. Brooks Berndt from the United Church of Christ. A brief legal update will be given by Coreal Riday-White of Our Children's Trust. Register now to join this live event.

Pacific Northwest Conference Environmental Justice Team
We have a new Environmental Justice Team that is an offshoot of the conference Justice and Witness Ministries Committee. One of the team’s goals is to create great communication channels—among congregations in this conference and also between our conference and the national UCC setting—about environmental justice issues. If you are interested in being part of this conference network devoted to environmental justice issues, please contact Pastor Meighan at pritchardmeighan@gmail.com. This team holds monthly videoconference meetings via Zoom, currently on the third Tuesday at 4:30pm. We welcome new members!
 
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Preschool News


2018 Auction tickets are now available!

Visit www.charityauction.bid/prospect2018 to purchase your tickets today!
 
Auction Details:
WHEN: March 24th, 2018 at 6PM
WHERE: Mount Baker Community Club
COST: $75
 
Church Table
Interested in attending the Preschool Auction with members of your fellow Prospect Church family?
We'd love to have you at this fun and important event.
Please contact Amy Miller for sign up information.
You can email her at: amy.may.miller@gmail.com
 
Table Captains Needed – If you are interested in being a table captain, please let us know at pepseattle@gmail.com or 206.324.5230, ask for Alexis!
 
Wine & Desserts Needed:
Bottles of wine as well as desserts are still needed for our Auction’s Wine Wall and Dessert Dash. If you have an unopened bottle or have a favorite local bakery that may donate a treat, please let Amy Miller know!           
 


Write a Letter!
As our PM group is focusing on a unit that consists of writing, the teachers would love it if the students could receive mail from Board members, Church members, etc. They encourage simple child-friendly letters as well as post cards. 
 
If interested, please send mail to:
Prospect Enrichment Preschool 
ATTENTION: Preschool Class
1919 E. Prospect Street
Seattle, WA 98112

They will be focused on this unit until Feb. 15th.
 
Preschool Wish List:
Picture Frames Needed:
Our preschool artists are invited to have their art displayed at University of Washington and while we will have an abundant supply of art to share, we will need frames to display them in. If you have any extra frames at home that you’d like to get rid of, please share them with the preschool! We will be on display at the UW tower starting in April.
Volunteers!
 
As always, we welcome anyone interested in volunteering in the classroom, on the board or auction committee. Feel free to email me at: pepseattle@gmail.com
 
Kids Giant Rug – we are looking to replace our ABC rug with a new and improved version.
 
Please contact us at 206.324.5230 if you are interested in donating any preschool items.
Thanks so much for the continued support!


Alexis Bacon-Yates
Director
206-324-5230 pepseattle@gmail.com
 
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Singing & Learning about American Music:
Honoring African American Vocal Traditions
Saturday, February 10, 2018, 1 - 4:30pm
Admiral Congregational UCC (West Seattle)
4320 SW Hill St., Seattle WA 98116
$10 donation
 
Led by Pamela Gerke, Admiral Choir Director
To register: officemgr@admiralchurch.org  206-932-2928
American music is deeply rooted in the musical traditions of African American culture. Through the joyful act of singing, we can embody the values embedded in these songs and gain greater understanding of how this music influences political and social struggle and creates community. The music covered in this workshop and information about its history and significance is taken with permission from Singing in the African American Tradition by Ysaye Barnwell, Ph.D. (formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock) with George Brandon, Ph.D. 


 
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Ignatian Spirituality Center Winter Events
 
Solidarity in Service: 
A Morning Reflection for Volunteers
Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
St. Joseph Parish Center, Seattle
Stephanie Ragland, Facilitator
 
Solidarity in Service: A Morning of Reflection for Volunteers is a day offered to enrich and support those serving people in the margins in their communities. Volunteers from a variety of helping professions and volunteer backgrounds come together for an opportunity to connect faith, spirituality, hospitality, and a shared sense of mission, using the lens of Ignatian Spirituality. The day includes time for reflection, sharing, and fellowship. All are welcome! Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center
 
Immersions in Prayer: 
Prayer Practices for Life
4 Tuesdays: February 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018
6:30 - 8:45 pm
Seattle Preparatory School, Seattle
John Hickman, Steve Wodzanowski, Carla Orlando, Trung Pham SJ, and Lisa Dennison, Presenters
 
Could your prayer life use a jump start or a revival? It could help to have some new prayer forms upon which to draw. Learn about and immerse yourself in experiences of up to four unique forms of prayer from the Ignatian tradition:
  • February 6 | Examen: Finding God in Your Life with Steve Wodzanowski
  • February 13 | Igniting the Imagination in Prayer with Carla Orlando
  • February 20 | Applying All the Senses in Prayer with Trung Pham, SJ
  • February 27 | Contemplatio: Meditating on God's Love with Lisa Dennison
Each session includes a presentation, immersion into the prayer form, and reflection on the prayer experience. Join a small prayer group for the whole series or visit individual sessions of your choice. Sponsored by the Ignatian Spirituality Center

 
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Mardi Gras Brunch BINGO
Saturday, February 10, 2018 11:00am - 2:00pm
Bloedel Hall at St. Mark's Cathedral
1245 10th Ave. E.
Get your tickets now for the party of the season – Earth Ministry’s annual Mardi Gras Brunch BINGO! Join Leda Zakarison for a tasty brunch, bottomless mimosas, and five rounds of BINGO with the chance to win fabulous prizes. You’ll also be supporting Earth Ministry’s faith-based environmental stewardship and advocacy in the process. Dress up or come in costume, you’ll be sure to have a good time for a great cause!
 
Here is just a glimpse of the many fabulous prizes:
 
    One year family membership to the Seattle Aquarium
    Tickets to "Shakespeare in Love" performed by Seattle Shakespeare Company
    A gift card from Rhein Haus
    Tickets to a Seattle Reign FC game
    Dinner and an overnight stay at Clearwater Casino
    5 class package from Seattle Yoga Arts
    and many more!
 
And GRAND PRIZES:
 
    A private tour and tasting at OOLA Distillery for up to 15 people
    A chance to be a guest judge at Unexpected Productions Improv, plus four tickets to the show
 
Tickets available for $65 at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3191481
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Save the Date: Community Lunch Spring Celebrtion
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February Volunteers

Ushers
  4
Roland Holloway
11 Roland Holloway
18 Roland Holloway
25 Roland Holloway

Coffee Hour
  4 Jim Miller and Dona Snow Miller
11
Rosemary Bell
18 John Shrader

25 Bob Bakke

Liturgist
  4 Leda Zakarison
11 TBD
18 TBD
25 TBD



If you would like to be a liturgist, please sign up on the bulletin board in the Fellowship Hall or contact the church office. To host coffee hour, please contact Judy Hooper, 206-325-2851 or wphwac@aol.com.
 
If you are interested in membership at Prospect, please speak to Pastor Meighan Pritchard.
 
Food Bank: We are all encouraged to bring canned goods and non-perishables for St. Mary’s Food Bank.  See website for a list of suggested non-perishable items: www.prospectseattle.org
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February Birthdays
Adam Dahl..................................... 02/13
Terri Dowling.................................. 02/14
Kevin Power................................... 02/14
Laura Daugherty............................. 02/20
Bill Hooper...................................... 02/26
May Pendergrass .........................  02/26
 

 
 
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